Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  509 June 2010
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
U.N. Security Council passes new sanctions against Iran
The New York Times
NEIL MacFARQUHAR
9 June 2010

UNITED NATIONS - The United States, moving firmly away from the Obama administration's previous emphasis on wooing Iran, pushed through a new round of United Nations sanctions against the nation on Wednesday, taking aim at its military in yet another attempt to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program.
The new sanctions, a modest increase from previous rounds, took months to negotiate but still did not carry the symbolic weight of a unanimous Security Council decision. Twelve of the 15 nations voted for the measure, while Turkey and Brazil voted against and Lebanon abstained.
Beyond the restrictions imposed by the sanctions themselves, the vote sets stage for harsher measures that the United States and the European Union have promised to enact on their own once they had the imprimatur of the United Nations. European leaders are likely to discuss new measures at a summit meeting this month.
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Diplomats say US, Russia, France dismiss Iran deal
Associated Press
9 June 2010

VIENNA - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says U.S., Russia and France have replied to a proposal by Iran to swap some of its enriched uranium for reactor fuel...
The U.S., Russia and France have said the swap proposal negotiated by Brazil and Turkey would leave Iran with enough material to make a nuclear weapon. And they note that Iran intends to continue a new program of enriching uranium to a higher level.
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Iran's Moussavi accused in 1988 massacre
AOL News
Theunis Bates
9 June 2010

This Saturday marks the first anniversary of Iran's disputed presidential election, which the opposition claims was rigged to guarantee the victory of the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For many people across the world, the runner-up in that flawed vote, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has become a symbol of hope and dignity in the face of repression. Despite threats from the regime's enforcers, who shot dead his nephew during a street protest last December, and have arrested and tortured hundreds of his Green Movement supporters, Mousavi has continued to push for much-needed reform of the Islamic Republic.
But according to a new report issued by a U.S.-based Iranian human rights organization, Mousavi hasn't always been so tolerant of dissent. It accuses him of being complicit in the 1988 massacre of 10,000 political prisoners while he was serving as prime minister under Ayatollah Khomeini, and calls on the U.N. to prosecute Mousavi, and other regime members, for crimes against humanity.
The paper, put together by leading London-based human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC for the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, details the mass execution of the regime's opponents in the summer of '88, soon after the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Iran's jails were crammed with activists who had helped overthrow the Shah some nine years earlier -- including Marxists, social democrats, liberals and members of Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, a revolutionary Islamic movement -- but opposed Ayatollah Khomeini's theocracy. Many inmates had been arrested in the early 1980s for taking part in street protests or possessing banned political literature.
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Iran's hushed-up civil war
Newsweek
Babak Dehghanpisheh
8 June 2010

For the first time in months, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ran Friday prayers in Tehran last week. He took the pulpit to commemorate one of the biggest occasions in the Iranian calendar: the 21st anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. But rather than a somber ceremony, the service became a showcase for the deep divisions that continue to roil Iran..
The problems started before Khamenei even appeared. Shortly after noon, Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the grand ayatollah, took the stage. As he started to speak, the crowd, shockingly, began booing and chanting, "Death to those who oppose velayate faqih," a reference to the Supreme Leader. It was terrifically awkward. Here was the young Khomeini, a descendant of Iran's founder in charge of an organization that oversees his grandfather's legacy, being heckled by a crowd of thousands. The state-controlled TV network, which was broadcasting the ceremony live, panicked: they first turned the audio down low to drown out the chants, and then they cut to shots of people milling about outside the mosque without audio. After several attempts at calming the crowd, Khomeini walked off the stage. Many in the crowd cheered.
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Mir-Hossein Mousavi 'involved in massacre', says report
The Telegraph
Con Coughlin
8 June 2010

Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the leader of Iran's opposition green movement was involved in the massacre of more than 10,000 political prisoners in 1988, according to a report.
Mr Mousavi, the defeated candidate in last June's presidential election, served as Iran's prime minister when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the regime's spiritual leader, issued a fatwa that sentenced thousands of political prisoners to death without trial, according to the report by one of Britain's leading human rights lawyers.
Mr Mousavi is one of several prominent Iranian politicians who are accused of implementing the order. According to a detailed report published by Geoffrey Robertson QC, who specialises in human rights law, the prisoners were executed for refusing to recant their political and religious beliefs.
"They were hung from cranes, four at a time, or in groups of six from ropes hanging from the stage of the prison assembly hall," the report states. "Their bodies were doused with disinfectant, packed in refrigerated trucks, and buried by night in mass graves."
Mr Robertson compares the mass executions in Iran with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war, in which an estimated 8,000 people died.
He is now calling on the UN Security Council to set up a special court to try those responsible "for one of the worst single human rights atrocities since the Second World War"...
In an interview given to Austrian television in December 1988, Mr Mousavi tried to defend the mass executions of the prisoners, many of whom were members of the Marxist [sic] "Mojahedin Khalq" organisation, which opposed the Islamic regime established by Khomeini following the 1979 Iranian revolution.
"We had to crush the conspiracy," said Mr Mousavi. "In that respect we have no mercy." 
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U.S., EU blast Iran's rights abuses at U.N. forum
Reuters
Stephanie Nebehay
8 June 2010

The United States and European Union denounced Iran Tuesday at the top U.N. human rights body for its bloody crackdowns on peaceful protests and other violations since disputed presidential elections a year ago.
The accusations were made at the U.N. Human Rights Council before Washington hopes to win a fourth round of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. That vote could come Wednesday.
U.S. ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe told the Geneva forum the rights situation in Iran was "one of grave concern."
"Since last June's contested election, the Iranian government has engaged in systematic infringement of the Iranian people's rights to basic liberty, freedom of speech and political association," she said
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In This Issue
U.N. Security Council passes new sanctions against Iran
Diplomats say US, Russia, France dismiss Iran deal
Iran's Moussavi accused in 1988 massacre
Iran's hushed-up civil war
Mir-Hossein Mousavi 'involved in massacre', says report
U.S., EU blast Iran's rights abuses at U.N. forum
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